Cannell’s doping suspension gives Bean TT National Championship
By FFT Staff
On April 16, 2010, Peter Cannell, 37, of Mebane, North Carolina, provided a urine sample to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in a no-advanced-notice out of competition test. Mr. Cannell’s sample returned an “adverse analytical finding”, or positive test result, for the anabolic steroid drostanolone. For his doping offense, Cannell accepted a two-year suspension beginning on May 17th, 2010, and forfeited his competitive results since February 6, 2007. The retroactive date of the competitive results forfeiture is because during the course of the investigation, Mr. Cannell admitted to prior use of anabolic agents.
Cannell’s forfeited results move Eric Bean from silver to gold in the 2008 Time Trial, and from 5th to 4th in the 2007 road race. Additionally, the 2009 Time Trial Championship is now given to Ian Stanford of Winona, MN, and the 2007 Road Race title goes to Matthew Johnson, of New Haven, CT.
When asked for comment, Bean said “I remember the ’08 TT clearly and how strong Cannell was that day. As the 2nd seed, I started next to last with Peter right behind me. He blew by me before we got to the turn around and had the fastest time of the day by far. It was a very impressive race! On the other hand, it’s unfortunate that cyclists are willing to go to such lengths to cheat. We compete as amateurs, there is no money or livelihood on the line. It’s something we do for the challenge and fun of it, and because we have a passion for competition and the sport. It’s also unfortunate that Cannell’s doping result could undermine his coaching reputation—despite his steroid use, he must also understand cycling very well to win three national championships. All that being said, I’m not upset with him. I don’t feel wronged or cheated, or anything like that…no hard feelings. Actually, to the contrary, I think these events make for an interesting story.”
“On another note,” continued Bean, “it was interesting how USA Cycling handled this. I simply received an e-mail from them stating that I was the 2008 TT Champion. No explanation whatsoever. I had already heard from friends who directed me to the cyclingnews and velonews stories, so I knew what had happened. I think it would have been a nice gesture for USA Cycling to notify all the riders who won national champ jerseys by phone or email the day before the story broke in the media.”
2008 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Men’s Time Trial – 30-34
1. Eric Bean Madison, WI 0:50:51.8 ISCorp
2. Denny Yunk Wauwatosa, WI 0:51:34.5 CZ Velo
3. Michael Olheiser Huntsville, AL 0:51:42.9 Memphis motor werks
4. Christopher Larsen Asheville, NC 0:52:15.0 Industry Nine
5. Kevin Pomasl Wausau, WI 0:52:51.5 Team Wheaton